Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
In this thesis paper, I argue that the works in the exhibition 'Chronicle & Character' aim to demonstrate artistic citizenship and can contribute positively to society by provoking conversation about universally applicable (but often uncomfortable) topics. Experts such as David J. Elliot state that being an artistic citizen means that one’s concerns as an artist must shift from issues constrained to the artist alone to those of the artist’s surrounding community. The exhibition 'Chronicle & Character' contains works that serve as detailed chronicles of the medical or physiological experiences of my loved ones. This body of work presents how three different methods of art making –narrative oil painting, abstracted ink wash and collage– can represent physiological changes that I have closely observed. In doing so, the works can investigate the parallels of life and death; sickness and health; fear and bravery; and fragmentation and regeneration. These works aim to stimulate questions and dialogue about these challenging phenomena; a dialogue that can conquer loneliness among people who have or are experiencing similar ordeals. This can potentially forge unity that is beneficial to those individuals and their communities, exemplifying the power of artistic citizenship.
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Nicoll, Taryn Moller, "Chronicle & Character" (2017). LSU Master's Theses. 4606.